Other NZ qualifications whilst at school

You may be able to work towards a New Zealand qualification at NZQF levels 1–3 as well as NCEA while at school.

For example, if you are studying:

  • computing and/or digital technology, you might also work towards a NZ Certificate in Computing (Level 3);
  • business studies or business administration, you might also work towards a NZ Certificate in Business (Administration & Technology) (Level 3);
  • whakairo or Māori Performing Arts, you might also work towards a NZ Certificate in Ngā Toi (Level 3).

You can also work towards New Zealand certificates while you’re at school if you enrol in Gateway, STAR, Trades Academy (secondary-tertiary) or dual pathway programmes.

For example, if you are studying:

  • agricultural and horticultural science and/or biology, you might also work towards a NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) or a NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3);
  • mathematics, technology and physics, you might also work towards a NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3);
  • home economics and technology, you might also be working towards a NZ Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) or a NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 3);
  • mathematics and technology, you might also work towards a NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3);
  • computing and/or digital technology, you might also work towards a NZ Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 3).

This means you get credits towards NCEA and could earn a New Zealand certificate at the same time.

Why work towards a New Zealand certificate?

  • You can follow a particular interest, which could motivate you to study!
  • When you leave school, you could have an industry recognised qualification as well as a school qualification
  • The learning and credits you have achieved for the New Zealand certificate (and NCEA) are transportable and may also be recognised for credit towards other tertiary or workplace training.
  • They are recognised by employers.

How do I find out more

Talk to your school about what you are interested in. You may be able to study part-time at school and part-time at your local polytechnic, wānanga or private training establishment.

 
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